About Us

We are a not-for-profit community Nursery. Our purpose is to protect and restore the ecological values of south-east Queensland habitats by returning locally indigenous plants to the landscape.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • Growing, selling and promoting the use of indigenous plant species for every situation, from large-scale revegetation projects to home gardens
  • Encouraging community awareness and appreciation of the importance of native plants in the environment
  • Promoting the use of locally native plants in place of exotic species
  • Providing volunteering and educational opportunities for individuals to develop skills in identifying, selecting and growing native plants

We believe that habitat restoration is possible and necessary at all levels.  From rural to residential, the change and difference can be made literally in our own back yards.

Paten Park Native Nursery

Paten Park Native Nursery is a not-for-profit community driven native plants nursery in The Gap, Brisbane. Driven by the love of native plants, we've been helping both local individuals and groups to give some love to our often neglected native species.
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Paten Park Native Nursery16 hours ago
The Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) may put a spring in your step and bounce in your hair with its medicinal properties but it won’t bring mobs of ravenous roos to your place, despite what its common name suggests.
Kangaroos don’t eat the fruit, which taste nothing like apples. The unripe fruit is poisonous, and should only be eaten when it’s fully ripe (red-purplish and soft to touch). Even then, it reportedly tastes sickly sweet and often bitter.
This medicinal and revegetation plant takes its common name from the kangaroo paw-print shape of its leaves and its fruit turn red when ripe, but are much smaller than apples. Aviculare comes from the Latin for “little bird” and also refers to its leaf shape.
Its leaves can be used for poultices, and it’s also used in the pharmaceutical industry as a source of steroids. The fruit are used commercially in cosmetics for the skin and hair and are a source of nutrients including Vitamin C and antioxidants which protect against heart disease, stroke and cancer.
In the garden, this fast-growing but short-lived rainforest pioneer shrub reaches about 3m tall in full or filtered sun and can be grown as a hedge.
It attracts birds including Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Green Catbirds and Regent and Satin Bowerbirds and is also used as a rootstock for the tree tomato.
Its purple flowers attract native bees which aid cross pollination by buzz pollination – sitting on top of the anthers and vibrating their wings, so the pollen sticks to their bodies and is carried to other flowers.
The Kangaroo Apple belongs to the family Solanaceae, which includes crops such as potatoes, tomato, tobacco and egg plants. Australia has 87 endemic species in this family.
A southern species, S. laciniatum, has been used for bank and erosion stabilisation and on mine reclamation sites with high levels of heavy metals.
Native to eastern Australia from Queensland to Victoria, PNG, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, the Kangaroo Apple has been cultivated commercially overseas in Russia, Europe, India and China for use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
For more about the Kangaroo Apple, see www.ppnn.org.au
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Paten Park Native Nursery4 days ago
The smell of burnt honey and sounds of lorikeet revelry mean Swamp Paperbarks (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are in flower.
This moisture-loving wetlands tree has beautiful pale, papery bark and nectar-laden creamy white or red flowers in Summer-Autumn that attract birds, bats, bees and butterflies.
Also known as the Broad-leaved Paperbark or Paperbark, it provides food for gliders and koalas and tolerates clay, drought and salt, making it suitable for seaside or wetland plantings.
Paperbarks can live for more than 100 years and, like many eucalypts, may regenerate through epicormic growth (reshooting from buds underneath the bark of their trunk or branches) after bushfires.
They also have many medicinal uses, with tea-tree oil from the leaves used for coughs and colds, insect repellent and disinfectant; tea brewed from the leaves used for colds and headache; and leaves bruised and applied to sore muscles, according to “Bush Medicine” by Jan Sked for Native Plants Queensland - Pine Rivers Branch (available at PPNN for $15).
Indigenous people used the paperbark to make shelters and coolamons and to wrap food for cooking. The flowers were used to make sweet drinks.
The Swamp Paperbark is endemic the East coast from Cape York to Botany Bay and is also native to PNG and New Caledonia. It has been declared a noxious weed in the USA.
Part of the family Myrtaceae, the genus Melaleuca includes paperbarks, tea-trees and honey myrtles.
Quinquenervia refers to the five parallel veins in each leaf, from the Latin “quinque” for five and “nervus” for vein.
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Paten Park Native Nursery1 week ago
Summer-flowering wattles have put on a spectacular show around Southeast Queensland with this year’s record long, hot, wet summer.
Winter is usually the main event for local acacias blooming in all their golden glory. But species that flower early in the year such as the Salwood (Acacia aulacocarpa), Hickory Wattle (A. disparrima) and Blackwood (A. melanoxylon) have put on a show to rival them this year.
The Salwood or Lancewood (A. aulacocarpa) produces flowers from January to June. Shrubs cloaked in brilliant yellow have been brightening up bushland around Paten Park in the last month or so.
The Hickory Wattle or Southern Salwood (A. disparrima) produces paler yellow or lemon flowers from January to May.
Other plants in flower in the last few months include the Foambark (Jagera pseudorhus), Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Peanut Tree (Sterculia quadrifida), Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus grandis), Cat’s whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus), Swamp bloodwood (Corymbia ptychocarpa) and various figs.
Although many figs such as the Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla), Small-leaved fig (Ficus obliqua) and others are laden with fruit, their flowers are not obviously visible like those on other trees because fig flowers are contained within the fruit and can only be pollinated by fig wasps.
Each fig fruit is a synconium, a large fleshy hollow receptacle containing an inverted inflorescence (or cluster) of flowers growing from the inner surface.
The pollination of figs by wasps is complex, but each fig species is generally pollinated by just one, specific species of wasp.
For more about acacias, figs and other native plants, see https://ppnn.org.au/articles/

BCC Free Native Plant Program

Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants Program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. The native species provided through the program will help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife.

We are only able to accept approved stamped Free Native Plants vouchers.

Find out how to claim your FREE BCC native plant vouchers here!

We Do Gift Vouchers

Available now, Paten Park Native Nursery gift vouchers are the ideal gift for anyone with a green thumb. Contact us to learn more.

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